MSFS Faculty Q&A: Admiral John Kirby

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a former Spokesperson at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Defense, taught a half-semester (module) class for the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program this fall. The course, National Security and Communications, examined how public communications both shapes and undergirds national security, and its strategic importance to public policy. MSFS interviewed Admiral Kirby about his course, experience in the U.S. Government, and advice for aspiring policymakers.

MSFS Launches Practitioners in Residence (PIR) Program

On September 20, MSFS launched a new initiative, Practitioners in Residence (PiR), to facilitate professional interactions between current MSFS students and leading practitioners in international affairs. The Practitioners offer small and large-group mentoring sessions for MSFS students through skills clinics, seminars, and career sessions.

Kwadwo (Kojo) Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19

Student Spotlight: Kojo Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19

Kwadwo (Kojo) Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19, came to Georgetown with experience across the public and private sectors, having spent time working with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Rolling Stone magazine, UBS Wealth Management, and the International Crisis Group (ICG). He graduated from

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John Walcott: Award-Winning Georgetown Professor, Journalist, and Film Inspiration

John Walcott, a Georgetown Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) professor and the foreign policy and national security editor at Reuters, has three recommendations for aspiring MSFS policymakers: tell the truth; speak your mind; and listen before reaching and then communicating a decision. These lessons, which he learned over his forty years as a journalist and twenty years of teaching, have also guided him as he has reported on complex issues, including weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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#MSFSAbroad: Exploring the “Real” China

What is “real” China? Over winter break, five students from the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program traveled to China to participate in the China Insight Trek organized by the World Youth Development Forum. China Insight Trek, initiated by a Harvard alum, has been held for over 10 years providing opportunities for trekkers to interact with a diverse range of people and exposing an insider’s perspective of the “real” China.

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Women in International Affairs: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

On Thursday, February 1, MSFS Director Ambassador Nancy McEldowney and Global Politics and Security Concentration Chair Nicole Bibbins Sedaca gathered more than twenty first and second-year students for a dynamic lunchtime discussion about women’s empowerment and leadership in international affairs.

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Leadership, Diversity, and Service at MSFS: A Day of Action

The Georgetown University Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) program values and prioritizes diversity in its academics, student body, and overall operation. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, more than fifty MSFS students participated in a facilitated workshop to develop skills to effectively navigate multicultural spaces and succeed as leaders in the international arena. Following the workshop, students volunteered to support two greater-D.C. area non-profit organizations, putting into practice the lessons learned throughout the day.

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Understanding Civil Resistance: a Reflection

Engaging with the topic of non-violent resistance movements is relevant for anyone going into the field of international affairs or politics. In the past few decades, non-violent resistance movements have become commonplace in regions of the world that we previously never thought possible. The power of nonviolent resistance that Dr. King was referring to was analyzed and broken down for MSFS students during an all-day clinic on Friday, January 19.

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Student Spotlight: Dainis Butners, MSFS/MBA ’18

Dainis Butners has a very unique perspective when it comes to foreign service. “Growing up in a Latvian household gave me a perspective on culture, geopolitics, and history that is not taught in schools,” Butners said. His heritage and professional background have provided a lens for lifelong learning and focused his pursuits on U.S.-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, international business, and diplomacy.